Representative Ruth Ann Gaines View All Years
Serving sixth term in House.
Received B.A. in drama/speech from Clarke College, Dubuque. Received M.A. in dramatic arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 30+ Graduate Studies at Drake University.
Memberships and Activities
Served on State Foster Care Review Board, Loras College Board of Regents, Very Special Arts Iowa, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa, Eyerly-Ball Board, YWCA Board, NAACP Board, Hospice of Central Iowa, Repertory Theater of Iowa, Drama Workshop, Iowa Arts Council, Holy Family Foundation Board, Des Moines Area Religious Council, Westminster House Board, Des Moines Tutoring Board, and Des Moines Optimist Club Charter Member. Current member of Friends of Des Moines Human Rights and past president, Candeo Board, Iowa Juneteenth Observation Board, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Graduate Chapter. Founder of Sisters for Success Des Moines Public Schools’ Mentorship Program.
Birth and Residence
Born in 1947 in Des Moines. Raised and resides in Des Moines.
Partner, Vidal Spaine; one son.